Monday, September 28, 2009

Zone Conference

Hey Everybody!

This week has been pretty good. We have been meeting with Barbara a lot and she is progressing really well. We are trying to meet with more people, but it’s difficult of course.

Elder Erich W. Kopischke, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and our Area President (I think), came to Zone Conference this week and taught us a lot. It was really neat. He is an amazing teacher. He did a question and answer session for three hours straight, but it felt like just an hour because he taught so well. Especially so since he had to teach us in English and he’s German. It was really fun to learn from him and his experiences.

We are trying to figure out ways to serve the people here in Sopron, but it’s pretty hard. We have been to the city hall three times and the officials have promised to call us back, but they never have. I don’t understand why they aren’t being very cooperative. Four young men who want to help the city in any way for free. How is that not appealing? I don’t know.

I apologize, but my mind is blank. This week went by pretty fast, so fast I can hardly recall what happened.

I am grateful to be here in Hungary and to have the opportunity of teaching people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to show them how it can help each of us have a happy, fulfilling and enjoyable life.

~Anderson elder

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Successful Kirándulás


This week was pretty cool. We had transfers and I got a new companion, Elder Carlson. He is really cool and this is his last transfer, but he still wants to work hard, so that is great.

We had a kirándulás (literally: excursion or hike, but it’s just a party) with the branch this week and it was a big success. We had quite a few angolóra (English class) students come and one of the members brought one of her friends. It was pretty fun! We had shish kababs and cold sandwiches to eat. And we taught a few of our English class students how to throw an American football. There were a lot of other people at the park and a bunch of guys were playing soccer in a small field. They needed more players so they asked Elder Hintze (a new missionary) and I to play with them. It was a ton of fun and I scored the first goal for our team! It was especially fun playing soccer with a bunch of Hungarians. After that Elder Hintze, Ádám (a young member), and I went hiking up a big hill into the forest. It was very pretty. Eventually a bunch of people followed us and we just kind of explored around the forest and talked. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the party was a big success.

Also, we have started to meet with a lady named Barbara (that’s definitely not a Hungarian name, but it’s pronounced Hungarianly—is that even a word?) and she is progressing pretty fast. She has an interesting personality, but that’s OK. She reads the Book of Mormon a lot and really believes that it is also scripture with the Bible. So that is really cool. Hopefully, our efforts last transfer of spending ridiculous amounts of time finding people to teach will pay off.

Today we are going to go on a bobsled izé (thingy) in the city. Apparently, there are things in Utah called Alpine Slides that are the same. I’ve been on one in Whistler, British Columbia before.

Well anyway, being here on a mission is great and I love teaching the gospel! Thanks for everything!

~Anderson elder

Monday, September 14, 2009

Attack of the Giant Book of Momon


Well, a few changes are coming this week. My current companion, Elder Golze, is leaving for Győr so I am getting a new companion. That will be interesting.

Not much happened this week. The senior missionary couple here in Sopron made a giant Book of Mormon sign for us to use with street contacting and that made for some really interesting experiences! Basically we are just trying anything to get people to stop and talk to us on the street. Almost no one wants to because they think that they already know who we are and what we do, when in reality almost no one actually knows any truth about us. So one of us carries this ridiculously large Book of Mormon thing and we try to stop people and be a little humorous since we look so funny. We got a few interesting reactions from people, but for the most part just more people than usual stared at us. haha. But we’ll see how it works in the long run.

Also with the senior couple we started a “Gofri Est” (Waffle Night) where the couple makes a ton of waffles and the branch members just hang out and chat and play ping pong. Hopefully, it’ll help the members become closer and friendlier with each other.

Next week we have a branch party and should be a lot of fun. I’ll write about that later. Thanks for everything! I know that the fullness of the Gospel of Christ has been restored on the earth and that God still speaks to us in our day! Thanks again!

~Anderson elder

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sports Proselyting


This week was pretty good. Our mission president wants us to keep track of how many hours we are spending trying to find people to teach and so we started to do that this week. My companion and I ended up with 16 ½ hours, which apparently was the highest in the mission. So that was kind of cool, but it was very long.

I don’t remember if I talked about this last week, but we recently started a Sport Nap (Sport Day)—we play soccer in the morning with anyone who wants to play. As long as there is one person who isn’t a member of the church we can do it. It has been a ton of fun! So far two angolóra (English Class) students have come. Last Saturday was pretty fun, except I tripped and totally ate it! I didn’t have enough time to get my hands in front of me and so I landed headfirst. hahaha. Like most of the soccer fields here, the place where we were playing was dirt so I got pretty scratched up! But it’s almost completely healed up already—so don’t worry Mom and Dad. lol. But it has been a lot of fun playing soccer and hopefully more people will come soon. It is a good opportunity for others to see that we are normal people and not crazy religious fanatics.

This week we met with a really cool lady, Erzsi, and her daughter, Tünde, in their beauty salon (after it was closed) and we had a really good lesson with them! They are super nice I really hope that we will be able to continue to meet with them!

We have been teaching an older lady who is a member, who hasn’t been coming to church in a long time. But she came yesterday and that was really cool to see.

Well, this transfer is about over and it will be interesting to see what happens next. I am almost completely sure that I’ll be staying here in Sopron for a while longer.

Thanks for everything! I love you all! I know that this gospel really is the gospel of Christ and I’m glad that I am able to teach others about it!

~Anderson elder